California Today: How California Reacted to Trump’s Paris Decision
“We are getting out,” he said. “But we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair.”
The exit from the worldwide effort to combat global warming creates an opening that leaders in California have vowed to fill — as the country’s de facto leader on the environment.
On Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown and two other governors — from Washington and New York — announced a new alliance of states that would uphold the Paris accord. Separately, California lawmakers urged Mr. Brown to convene a climate summit that would include Canada and Mexico.
On Friday, the governor is flying to China to meet with climate leaders there.
Some California conservatives welcomed Mr. Trump’s decision as a jobs creator. But if there was any celebration in the deep blue state, it was muted.
Some excerpts from the reaction around California:
“Trump is AWOL but California is on the field, ready for battle.”
— Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat
“President Trump made the right call in leaving a deal that would have put an unnecessary burden on the United States.”
— Representative Kevin McCarthy, Republican of Bakersfield
“There is no Planet B, Mr. President.”
— Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of Burbank, on Twitter
“Life will be better for ordinary people.” Staying in the Paris accord “would hurt the working class.”
— Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from Huntington Beach, according to KPCC
“President Trump has stood behind America’s taxpayers and workers by stopping this folly.”
— Representative Tom McClintock, Republican of Elk Grove
“Pulling out of the Paris agreement is an irrational decision that is a disastrous step backward.”
— Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat
“Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.”
— Elon Musk, entrepreneur, on Twitter, referring to his role on two White House advisory boards
“Addressing climate change is not just an environmental or moral imperative, it is an economic imperative.”
— Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Council, a business-sponsored group
“There are more #cleanenergy jobs in California than there are coal mining jobs in entire nation. And it will stay that way.”
— Kevin de León, Democratic leader of the State Senate, on Twitter
“It’s now up to the White House to come up with a better agreement that protects the American economy.”
— Patricia Bates, the State Senate Republican leader